Saturday, March 7, 2015

THIS IS FALLING: A Top Ten Favorite with Nook Teens.

Ginger Scott, the author of This is Falling, joins us today. Her book hit the number 3 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store on November 22nd. This is Falling is the first book in her Falling series.

Ginger's debut novel (mentioned below) was released in the spring of 2013 and in the two years since then she has independently written and published six more books, with another one, Wild Reckless, due for release on March 17th!  She joins us today to talk about her bestseller, e-publishing and she gives us a peek at her prolific writing schedule. 

First, let's hear what your book is about.

THIS IS FALLING is the story of 18-year-old Rowe Stanton, a college freshman far from home, trying to force herself to take a leap of faith and re-enter a world that she fears she no longer deserves to be in. Rowe is a survivor, and she's barely able to remind herself to breathe. But when she meets fellow freshman and star baseball player Nate Preeter, she suddenly wants to try--more than she's ever wanted anything. And that scares her.

Tell us briefly about your path to publication:Traditional or independent?

I am an independent author. I spent years working as a journalist, reporting for newspapers, magazines and blogs, before moving into fiction. But writing high school and teen romance was always my dream. I wanted to write the stories I always loved to read, and I had notebooks filled with ideas I was too afraid to finish. I feared rejection, feared the painful and seemingly impossible route to traditional publishing, and feared that I would write something and nobody would notice or care. But that urge was overwhelming, and I didn't want to regret not trying my dream. So in 2013, I finished my first book--a coming-of-age love story that sat unfinished on my computer for longer than I care to admit. It was a very real, raw, honest and heartbreaking book about a girl with a boy's name and the popular boy she couldn't help but love. It was the exact story I always wanted to tell, and it was rich in character development. The book, Waiting on the Sidelines, spans four years of high school, and writing it was the greatest professional experience of my life. And I did it all independently, controlling the marketing, the editing, the distribution--learning every layer of the process. Being independent is a great amount of work, but I am so thankful for what I have learned, and I am now a big proponent of taking leaps of faith, especially when dreams are on the line.

What does your writing schedule look like?

Writing is my favorite thing to do, so my inclination is to do it whenever and wherever I can. Before I published my first book, I spent my days telling true stories--interviewing real people, understanding their emotions, painting the fabric of their character. I think I have carried a lot of my journalism habits into my fiction, and I am thankful for the skills journalism gave me when it comes to character development. I still write constantly, and I have been fortunate to be able to make it my full-time job. I usually dedicate six to ten hours every day to a manuscript, either writing a draft, making edits or retooling something based on feedback from a beta reader. Sometimes, though, my brain gets divided. If I have a new release, which I had on Dec. 5, I dedicate part of my day to marketing efforts, including reaching out to bloggers, developing graphics, teasers and sometimes video book trailers. My digital media background has made it possible for me to do a lot on my own--and this can be both a good and a bad thing when it comes to a writing schedule.

(My Dec. 5 release was Book 2 in the Falling Series - YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER)

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?

I think e-format reading is part of a natural progression. Technology is so deeply woven in our world, and it is exciting to see the ways it is affecting content consumption. I honestly believe anything that makes reading more accessible is a good thing for our youth. My husband and I read often, and I have been known to swap out sleeping hours for reading hours. My e-reader has made it possible for me to go to a virtual bookstore late at night, when my household is fast asleep, and pick a new world to get lost in. We recently got our son his first tablet, and he now has a few books on his Kindle app. One is a book he was reading in print at school but wanted to continue at home. Because we could download it easily, he was able to pick up right where he left off, and we didn't lose that hook of excitement he had for the story. If he had to wait until the next day, he might not have felt so urgent about the story. I didn't want him to lose that craving to read, and technology made connecting him with the story fast and easy. E-reading is only going to grow, even if it grows at a slower pace than previous years. It's a platform that our youth need to be familiar with, if simply to be able to navigate their way through the many e-content opportunities that are sure to pave their future.
Find out more about Ginger Scott and her books at her website, or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.

See the latest Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more top ten e-format authors and their books. It's updated every Saturday morning. Check back next week when my featured author will be A. G. Howard.

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